The 2013 Miss Arizona USA pageant begins at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mesa Arts Center.
Eight contestants from Southern Arizona have entered, including last year's runner-up Caitie Wilenchik from the University of Arizona.
Ariel Cuevas (Miss Pima County), Anna Maldonado Henderson (Miss Tucson), Ameryssa Leon (Miss North Tucson), Natalie Romo (Miss Santa Cruz County), Carmen DeLeon (Miss Sierra Vista), Tajonna Lawler (Miss Greater Scottsdale) and Krystin Sorich (Miss Southern Arizona) are among the 38 contestants.
Wilenchik, a 2012 UA graduate, finished second to Erika Frantzve last year. Wilenchik is competing as Miss Paradise Valley.
Preliminary competition was Saturday night.
The winner will advance to Miss USA in June. Miss USA goes on to compete in Miss Universe.
One contestant from Southern Arizona entered Miss Arizona Teen USA. Francine Beck, 17, will be one of 24 in the competition for contestants ages 15-17.
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